Apps, Urbanism

How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything

Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. This is the data that you're drawing from when you ask Google to navigate you… Continue reading How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means for the Future of Everything

Apps, Smartphones, Software

How will Google Maps change our reality?

Much of the controversy surrounding Google Maps has centered on relatively concrete concerns like privacy and data gathering. But in a piece for The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman argues that digital mapping's long-term impacts may fundamentally change the way we perceive and interact with the world around us. Aimless wandering, for instance, could easily become an… Continue reading How will Google Maps change our reality?